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BREAKING: Edmonton Acquires David Desharnais From Montreal

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Brandon Davidson sent to Montréal for centre Desharnais

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Davidson has been sent to the Montréal Canadiens in exchange for centre David Desharnais.

A southpaw, the 30 year old Desharnais has been limited to 31 games this season due to a knee injury.  In 31 games, he's scored ten points (4-6-10).

Desharnais had been healthy scratched in six consecutive games prior to returning Saturday against Toronto.

He's in the last season of a four year deal with a $3.5 MM AAV.

Desharnais gives the Oilers a little flexibility for the bottom six.  He's not particularly strong on the dot (47.8% in 2016-17) His two most common linemates were Paul Byron and Andrew Shaw, and as you can imagine, there's...not a lot of offence there.  I'm not expecting a bunch of points, but if we see more David Desharnais and and maybe Mark Letestu gets some LW time instead of Matt Hendricks, then this might work.

More to come.